For the Universal Church
A Message from Bishop Malloy:
Dear Friends in Christ,
Our abstinence and fasting during this holy season of Lent serve as a reminderof the sacrifice of Himself that Jesus Christ made for humanity. They alsoserve to remind us that there are those who suffer daily from hunger, violence,and atrocities from war. We have an opportunity to help them by participating in the 2016 International Appeal collection held on March 12-13.
By means of this appeal, we can personally help Pope Francis’ ministry through Peter’s Pence; support the work of Catholic Relief Services, who resettle displaced individuals due to war, and work on behalf of victims of atrocities such as human trafficking; and help to strengthen the Catholic Church in more than 28 countries through Aid to Central and Eastern Europe. Our contributions will also fund the Rockford Diocese’s Response to World-wide Disasters; give to the Rockford Diocesan Priests’ Pension; and help the underprivileged in our Diocese through the Catholic Elementary School Financial Support for the Diocese of Rockford.
By giving to this Appeal, we can help to make visible the face of Christ around the globe so that the Father’s love may be proclaimed to all and Jesus the Son may live in every heart. Please give what you can, especially to support our Holy Father and to assist our brothers and sisters overseas.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend David J. Malloy
Bishop of Rockford
The International Appeal Supports:
The Peter's Pence Collection provides the Holy Father with the funds he needs to carry out his most important charitable works. The proceeds benefit the most disadvantaged: victims of war, oppression, and disasters. Your gift makes you a pilgrim of charity around the globe. Last year, the people of our Diocese contributed $169,558 to this collection.
Catholic Relief Services Collection (CRS)
The Catholic Relief Services Collection values families. Their work includes resettling and welcoming displaced individuals and families, and advocating on behalf of victims of atrocities such as human trafficking. CRS provides for their basic humanitarian needs, and encourages legislation that reflects the importance of family in society. The reach of this Collection spans the globe, helping families on every continent, with an array of ethnicities and backgrounds, addressing a myriad of needs. Last year, $64,197 was distributed to this appeal.
Aid to the Catholic Church in Central and Eastern Europe
This collection funds projects in 28 countries to build the pastoral capacity of the Church and to rebuild and restore the faith and the light of Christ in these countries that have dark pasts but bright futures. The funds are used to grant monies to support seminaries, social service programs, youth ministry, pastoral centers, church construction and renovation. Last year the faithful of the Diocese contributed $29,394 to this appeal.
Worldwide and U.S. Disaster Relief Fund Rockford Diocese Response
Whenever a natural disaster occurs and/or a significant need exists, The Most Reverend David J. Malloy receives numerous petitions for financial assistance from his brother bishops in the affected area. With the creation of this fund, he has resources available to respond on behalf of the people of the Rockford Diocese. This past year, Bishop Malloy distributed a total of $40,000 to aid the earthquake victims in Nepal.
Rockford Diocesan Priests' Pension Plan
Our priests devote their lives to bringing people closer to Christ. In retirement, our priests continue to serve as spiritual leaders, counselors, ministers to the sick and much more. With gratitude for their years of faithful ministry, the Diocese has a Priests’ Pension Plan to support our 55 currently retired priests and who will retire in the future.
Rev. Msgr. Thomas E. Bales has served our Diocese for more than 42 years. He continues to do so by assisting pastors in celebrating the sacraments in our parishes and visits the sick during his retirement. We thank you, Rev. Msgr. Thomas E. Bales, and all our priests for your continued faithful service in retirement.
Last year, the faithful of our Diocese contributed $145,868.
To make your donation on-line, please visit: www.rockforddiocese.org/donate
Catholic Elementary School Financial Support for the Diocese of Rockford
To ensure that we maintain the opportunity for parents to enroll their children in the excellent Catholic elementary schools within our Diocese, we have created a special way for you to assist the Diocese of Rockford in supporting schools that have operating deficits and need your help to become financially viable. Your support through prayer and donations will help our schools continue to provide a quality education, and religious and moral formation in a world badly in need of Gospel values.
Thanks to your generous gifts, we gave $204,009 to needy schools in our Diocese last year!